Parenting for the Launch What I Wish I Knew at 18 What I Wish I Knew at 18 What I Wish I Knew at 18 What I Wish I Knew at 18 What I Wish I Knew at 18 What I Wish I Knew at 18
  • How will I measure "success" in my life?
  • What character traits will I model to others?
  • How will I build strong relationships and work effectively with others?
  • What role does faith play in my life?
  • How will I persevere through life's inevitable hardships?
  • How do I become a masterful decision maker, goal setter, and time manager?
  • How will I succeed in college academics?
  • How will I select and thrive in my career?
  • How will I know he or she is "the one" and prepare for a lasting marriage?
  • How will I achieve my financial goals and manage my money?
  • How will I measure "success" in my life?
  • What character traits will I model to others?
  • How will I build strong relationships and work effectively with others?
  • What role does faith play in my life?
  • How will I persevere through life's inevitable hardships?
  • How do I become a masterful decision maker, goal setter, and time manager?
  • How will I succeed in college academics?
  • How will I select and thrive in my career?
  • How will I know he or she is "the one" and prepare for a lasting marriage?
  • How will I achieve my financial goals and manage my money?
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Equipping Young Adults for Real World Success


LifeSmartADDRESSING THE NEED

Dennis Trittin founded LifeSmart Publishing to help address the life skills deficit hindering today’s younger generation. Observation and research suggests this looming crisis is rooted in several cultural and institutional forces:

    1. increasing fragmentation of family life
    2. immature or absent parenting
    3. schools viewing character/life skills as the domain of parents and therefore focusing primarily on traditional subject matter; parents incorrectly assume schools are fully covering key life subjects (e.g., finance)
    4. inadequate youth employment opportunities
    5. harmful cultural messages from the media and entertainment industries

The end result is that our society is producing a generation of young adults largely unprepared to negotiate life, develop and maintain healthy life-long relationships, demonstrate honorable and effective leadership, build stable households, and succeed in a--- Read More
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Stress Busting Tips for Parents and Teens: Part Two

4/22/2015 11:24:52 AM

In the second part of our series on stress (check out part one here), we’ll focus on how we, as parents, can help control stress in our own lives as well as in the lives of our children. Of course, we want to be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem!   As parents, we play the leadership role in nurturing our children to be healthy, self -confident, and well-prepared future adults. That includes fostering healthy stress levels for all parties. With growing evidence tha--- Read More
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Stress-Busting Tips for Parents and Teens: Part One

4/19/2015 3:32:21 PM

I recently had an enlightening conversation with a college sophomore who is destined for a great future. She has a delightful personality and is blessed with a rare blend of analytical and interpersonal skills. Her resume of accomplishments is a mile long. So, can you imagine my surprise when she confided to being totally stressed out about her future? Will she find a job? Would she be accepted into a decent grad school? She doubted whether her 3.97 GPA was good enough.   Meanwhile, as an--- Read More
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The Power of Dependability

4/12/2015 7:09:24 PM

How do you and the young people in your life rate when it comes to following through on your promises? As any parent or manager will attest, dependability is one of the most valuable qualities of successful people!.      Imagine it’s your summer vacation (especially my Northeast friends!) and you’ve had the pleasure of reading two great novels. Upon finishing them, your inner book critic rates them each four out of five stars. However, prior to reading them, you expe--- Read More
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8 Benefits of Understanding Your Teen's Unique Personality

4/3/2015 11:22:23 PM

Parents, how well are your messages getting through to your children? Are they hitting the bull’s eye or missing the entire dart board? Here are some strategies to help you connect with your kids like never before.  The fact is even our most well-intentioned communications will fall on deaf ears unless we have a strong relationship based on mutual understanding .Since every child is unique (ours are polar opposites!), we need to relate to them personally and individually. This involv--- Read More
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4 Tips to Help Teens Listen to Their Conscience and Stick to Their Values

3/28/2015 7:04:42 PM

Parents and teachers, your teens and students are facing tough decisions every single day, and their choices are only going to get more difficult. Where should they go to college? What should they major in? Should they really go to that party? Should they take things to the next level with their boyfriend or girlfriend? This week’s post focuses on choices, and how to ensure your teen is equipped to stick to his or her values and make the right call. We encourage you to share it with the yo--- Read More
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Are You and Your Students "Launch Ready?

3/22/2015 3:03:34 PM

With spring break just around the corner, the end of the school year is within sight. As parents, teachers, and mentors of high schoolers, this should be a thoughtful time of year for all of us. Are the kids in our lives prepared for the real world after graduation? If not, what’s high on our “to do” lists? If our students are currently juniors or sophomores, are they already preparing for the next step? What kind of life are they envisioning after high school?   Let&rsq--- Read More
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The 3 Best Time-Tested Dating Tips

3/15/2015 6:51:47 PM

Whether you’re a parent of a teen, a teacher, a mentor, or a teen yourself, it’s never a bad time for a refresher course when it comes to dating advice. With today’s media inundating us with unrealistic (and often unhealthy!) expectations of young relationships, it’s important to get a reality check that will stand the test of time.   Here’s some three time-tested relationship tips: While infatuation can occur in a moment (what we usually see in TV an--- Read More
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How a Mission Statement Can Put Best Practices into Your Parenting

3/7/2015 7:28:03 PM

 Believe it or not, some of the best ideas for our families originate in the workplace! Seriously. For example, any successful organization has a guiding mission statement that describes its purpose and objectives. It includes an aspiring vision for the future, with core values and desired outcomes that drive its strategy and practices.  See the connection? What if we took a page from the business playbook and developed our own mission statement to guide our families and our parenting--- Read More
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Give Everything Your Best

2/28/2015 12:10:12 PM

Parents, educators, and mentors, how are the attitudes of the young people under your guidance? In our visits with businesses and educators, we hear repeated concerns over work ethic, disrespect, and a sense of entitlement. Too often, these attitudes are overshadowing the skills our young people are bringing to the table. Here’s a piece to help you help them… One of history’s most admired people, Helen Keller, once said, “I long to accomplish great and noble tasks,--- Read More
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Adversity: Preparation for Greater Things

2/21/2015 3:16:11 PM

When something crummy happens in your life, do you ever just sit back and ask “why me?” or think to yourself “I don’t deserve this!” When the going gets rough, it’s hard to see past our own circumstances into the “master plan” that may lie ahead of us. None other than Walt Disney, the master of happy, once said, “You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” --- Read More
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Building Positive Relationship Capital with Teens

2/14/2015 9:29:40 PM

When my wife and I first became parents, we naïvely assumed our kids would be just like us. I always imagined that we’d have a little “mini me” (or at least a “mini we!”) running around the house. That theory went out the window as our firstborn began “revealing himself.” We had given birth to a highly energetic, creative kid with an extremely high people orientation. Coming from two very analytical, task-oriented MBA types, he was definitely unique--- Read More
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